Daily Archives: April 21, 2020

April 21st The D. L. Moody Year Book

One man of you shall chase a thousand.—Joshua 23:10.

WHEN in Glasgow, a friend was telling me about a man who was preaching one Sabbath morning on Shamgar. He said: “I can imagine that when he was ploughing in the field a man came running over the hill all out of breath, and shouted: ‘Shamgar! Shamgar! There are six hundred Philistines coming toward you.’ Shamgar quietly said: ‘You pass on; I can take care of them, they are four hundred short.’ So he took an ox goad and slew the whole of them. He routed them hip and thigh.” “One shall chase a thousand.” Nowadays it takes about a thousand to chase one, because we do not realize that we are weak in ourselves and that our strength is in God.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 77). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—21 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground, and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.—John 12:24.

How sweet and lovely is this similitude of the Lord’s, in allusion to himself! See to it, my soul, this evening, that thou art able to receive it. Thou hast been attending thy Lord to the tomb: here behold the blessed fruits of his precious death. When Jesus became incarnate, like a pure corn of the finest wheat, he fell to the ground; and when at his death, “he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death,” he fell into the ground: and now what an abundant harvest of glory to God, and salvation to souls, hath that death and grave of Jesus produced! Had Jesus never died, how would he have seen his seed, and the pleasure of the Lord prosper in his hand? Had Jesus not descended to the grave, how would he have been the life-giving, and soul-quickening root of all his Church and people? But now, by this one precious corn of wheat falling into the ground, and dying, how hath the garner of God been filled, and is now continually filling with his seed? Precious Jesus! give me to see that I am thy seed, in the ever green and flourishing verdure of my soul from thy quickening influence! And let that promise of my covenant Father and God in Christ be my daily portion: “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord: my spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put into thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 119–120). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 21, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Acceptance of Opposition As a Challenge

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (16:9)

A fourth necessary principle for doing the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way is accepting opposition as a challenge rather than as a hindrance. In the present age there is no such thing as an authentic ministry without problems and opposition of some sort. Satan will see to it. A work that has little opposition from the antagonistic system of Satan is one that is doing little work for the Lord. G. Campbell Morgan said, “If you have no opposition in the place you serve, you’re serving in the wrong place.”

Paul was not intimidated by opposition. He seemed even to flourish on it, perhaps because he realized that the devil’s greatest opposition is to the Lord’s greatest work. The fact that there were many adversaries of the gospel in Ephesus (cf. Eph. 6:12) simply meant that a wide door for effective service had opened.

He was not indifferent to the harm that Satan could do to God’s people, and consequently was determined to “remain in Ephesus until Pentecost” (v. 8) in order to help fight the adversaries. Ephesus had a great system of organized idolatry, centered in the famous temple of Diana, or Artemis. Ritual prostitution and sexual perversion not only were tolerated but were promoted in the name of religion. In addition, there were certain Jewish exorcists who went around claiming to cast out evil spirits in Jesus’ name (Acts 19:13–14). The city was full of occult practitioners of every sort (vv. 17–19). Paganism, idolatry, occultism, demonism, superstition, sexual vice, racism, religious animosity—of pagans against Christians, Jews against Christians, and of pagans and Jews against each other—were common and considered normal. Probably no New Testament church had more direct opposition than the one at Ephesus.

To Paul great opposition presented great opportunity. When he arrived in Ephesus, he began his work by straightening out the theology of some new believers (Acts 19:1–7). Then he proceeded to preach in the synagogue for three months and in the school of Tyrannus for two years (vv. 8–10). He performed miracles, cast out evil spirits, and rebuked false exorcists (vv. 11–19).

Of his experience in Ephesus Paul later wrote, “We do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia [the Roman province in which Ephesus was located], that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope” (2 Cor. 1:8–10).

It was not that Paul considered opposition as of no consequence or concern. He was far from naive. He did not underestimate or discount the strength or potential danger of his adversaries. Almost daily he personally and directly felt pain and torment from opposition. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:8–11).

In spite of fierce opposition—in fact, partly because of it and through it—“the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing” in Ephesus (Acts 19:20). It was after that experience that Paul wrote the letter of 1 Corinthians and determined to visit Corinth (which was in Achaia) on his way to Jerusalem (v. 21).

He was not quite through in Ephesus, however. Apparently some new opportunities or problems developed, which he describes as a wide door for effective service. He was still needed for a while, and would not leave until he was sure that it was the Lord’s will for him to minister somewhere else. He had made a great investment there and wanted to secure it.

When we are looking for a place to serve the Lord, we should look for a place with problems, for a church that is discouraged, for a group in our own congregation that needs to have a better understanding of God’s Word, for people who have never heard God’s Word or have heard it only in a perverted or unbalanced form. That is where the Lord can truly use us.

While John Paton was a university student in Scotland, God called him to missionary work in the New Hebrides. After graduation he and his bride sailed to the southwest Pacific and began work among the savage cannibals on the island of Tanna. His wife and infant son died a few months later, and Paton slept on their graves for several nights to prevent the cannibals from digging up the bodies and eating them. After almost four years of faithful work he left without seeing a single convert. Many years later his son by another marriage resumed work on Tanna and eventually saw the entire island come to Christ. When the elder Paton revisited the island, the chief of the former cannibals asked the missionary who the great army was that had surrounded his hut every night when he first came among them. God’s angels had protected him. Because of his faithful work and that of his son, when he left the New Hebrides for the last time, after ministering on another island as well, it is reported that he said with tearful eyes, “I don’t know of one native on these islands who has not made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.”[1]


9 With this verse Paul explains why he intends to stay on for a while longer in Ephesus: On the one hand, “a great door for effective work19 has opened to me,” while on the other hand, “there are many who oppose me.” In a sense these two sentences describe Paul’s lifelong labors as a Christian missionary. Since no specifics are given here and the material in Acts cannot be dated, one properly hesitates to identify any of this with the latter material. Nonetheless, some significant correspondences should be noted. In Acts 19:22, Paul has already sent Timothy on ahead of him—although Luke has probably telescoped a bit the account of Paul’s plans in v. 21. Furthermore, Paul’s imagery does coincide with the picture Luke portrays of the considerable success of Paul’s mission in this city that finally brought about the conflict with the hawkers of souvenirs at the temple of Artemis (Acts 19:23–41). It is certainly possible, therefore, and especially so in light of 1 Cor 15:32, that at the time this letter was written Paul was fully anticipating a ruckus similar to that which Demetrius would finally instigate. In any case, these passages together give a clear picture of opposition to the gospel from outsiders. That it might have come in this case from pagan religion should offer no surprises.[2]


16:9 / More literally Paul writes, “for to me opened a great and effective door.” Orr and Walther (I Corinthians, p. 357) note that this figure is fairly common in the nt (see Acts 14:27; 2 Cor. 2:12; Col. 4:3; Rev. 3:8). Indeed, the notion of God’s opening doors and the believers’ being responsible to perceive and pass through such doors is a theological cliché in Western Christianity.[3]


8–9 All of this interaction with Corinth lay in the unknown future. Right now the Lord was opening doors for Paul in Ephesus, and he felt the leading of the Lord to stay there, at least until Pentecost. At the same time, however, there was also resistance at Ephesus; many people were opposing him. Most likely these opponents were from outside the church, not inside. We know from Acts 19 that a riot eventually developed in Ephesus over Paul’s ministry. With so many people turning to the Lord, the financial well-being of the guild of the silversmiths, who made statues of the goddess Artemis, was being threatened.

Another serious situation developed that made Paul wonder whether he would ever leave Ephesus alive (cf. 2 Co 1:8–9). A similar dangerous threat is reflected in Philippians 1:20–21, which a growing number of scholars believe may have been written during an imprisonment in Ephesus (though there is no mention in Acts of such an imprisonment). In that passage, Paul reflects on the fact that he might soon die, though in the end he does not think his work on earth is over yet.[4]


8–9 Having first explained his determination to go to Macedonia (v. 5), and then his desire to spend considerable time in Corinth (vv. 6–7), Paul now offers a final word about the present situation in Ephesus. He plans to “stay on” there “until Pentecost.” This latter is an especially intriguing note, given that both the Ephesian and Corinthian churches were predominantly Gentile. Minimally, it is a reflection of Paul’s Jewish heritage in which, just as the week is divided by days from the Sabbath (v. 2), so the year is divided by the annual feasts. Therefore, it does not necessarily imply that he and the churches kept this feast, but that it is a convenient time reference to a period in mid-spring. On the other hand, such a casual mention of it in this way (cf. Acts 20:16) may suggest that the church, including its now Gentile believers, very early saw Christian significance to this feast, probably as a result of the birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost.

Some have suggested on the basis of this reference and the allusion to Christ as the Paschal lamb earlier on (5:7), that the present letter must have been written near Passover/Easter. That may well be, but it could just as easily have been before, as after, Easter. Although “Pentecost” technically refers to the “feast of fifty days” that followed Passover, it came to be used as a shortened form for “the day of Pentecost,” the celebration of the fiftieth day. Most likely that is what Paul is here referring to.

Paul concludes this short narrative of his change of plans by explaining why he intends to stay on for a while longer in Ephesus: On the one hand, “a great door for effective work59 has opened to me,” while on the other hand, “there are many who oppose me.” In a sense these two sentences describe Paul’s lifelong labors as a missionary of the gospel. Since no specifics are given here and the material in Acts cannot be dated, one properly hesitates to identify any of this with the latter material. Nonetheless, some significant correspondences should be noted. According to Luke’s account (Acts 19:22), Paul had already sent Timothy on ahead of him—although Luke has probably telescoped a bit the account of Paul’s plans in his preceding sentence. Furthermore, Paul’s imagery does coincide with the picture Luke portrays of the considerable success of Paul’s mission in this city that finally brought about the conflict with the hawkers of souvenirs at the temple of Artemis (Acts 19:23–41). It is certainly possible, therefore, and especially so in light of his earlier having fought “wild beasts in Ephesus” (1 Cor. 15:32), that at the time this letter was written Paul was fully anticipating a ruckus similar to that which Demetrius would finally instigate. In any case, these passages together give a clear picture of opposition to the gospel from outsiders. That it might have come in this case from pagan religion should offer no surprises.[5]


How to view opportunities for service (vv. 8–9)

1 CORINTHIANS 12 HAS SHOWN that we all have opportunities for service. They are doors that God opens for us (vv. 8–9).

THE RESPONSIBILITY for entering them, however, is ours. Ephesus was one of the places where God opened a great door for effective work for Paul. His letter to the Ephesians is a living reminder of the church that came about as a result. Pentecost (v. 8) was the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover.

WITH OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY (V. 9) there will always go opposition. Acts 19 illustrates how numerous Paul’s opponents were in Ephesus. Effective evangelism and opposition go hand in hand.[6]


8. But I shall remain in Ephesus until Pentecost. 9. For a wide door for effective service has been opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Here is a definite reference to time, Pentecost, without any indication regarding the year. For the Jews, Pentecost was the feast of the harvest celebrated seven weeks after Passover (Lev. 23:9–16). This would be in the second part of May or the first half of June. The Christians commemorated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1–4). Exactly a year later, Paul traveled to Jerusalem and arrived in time for Pentecost (Acts 20:16).

Paul writes that he has work to do in Ephesus; he has numerous evangelistic opportunities in that city. He uses a figurative expression, “a wide door for effective service.” Elsewhere he employs similar language: “The lord had opened a door for [him in Troas]” (2 Cor. 2:12; see also Col. 4:3). We are unable to say when this took place, for the uproar in Ephesus that Demetrius and his guild instigated may have occurred after Paul composed his letter (Acts 19:23–41). Paul lectured in the hall of Tyrannus, taught both publicly and from house to house, and called to repentance both Jews and Greeks in Ephesus and in the province of Asia (Acts 19:9–10; 20:20–21).

The adjective effective is balanced by the noun adversaries. Here are the two sides of the proverbial coin. Paul’s service in the church and the community is effective and gains many converts, but the presence of numerous enemies keeps him on guard and prevents him from being overly confident. Among his opponents are the silversmiths whose livelihood is in jeopardy as people turn from the worship of dead idols to the service of the living Christ. In addition, some Jews maliciously opposed Paul and aligned themselves with the Gentiles and their attack (Acts 19:9, 33–34). Paul refrains from providing details, but the sketch itself is sufficiently clear. Satan threw his might and power against Paul’s work and associates, and the church in Ephesus (compare Phil. 1:28).[7]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1984). 1 Corinthians (pp. 465–467). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Fee, G. D. (1987). The First Epistle to the Corinthians (pp. 820–821). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[3] Soards, M. L. (2011). 1 Corinthians (p. 361). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, p. 409). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[5] Fee, G. D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Revised Edition, pp. 906–907). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[6] Prime, D. (2005). Opening up 1 Corinthians (p. 145). Leominister: Day One Publications.

[7] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians (Vol. 18, p. 600). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

April 21 Streams in the Desert

And being absolutely certain that whatever promise He is bound by, He is able to make good.” (Rom. 4:21)

WE are told that Abraham could look at his own body and consider it as good as dead without being discouraged, because he was not looking at himself but at the Almighty One.

He did not stagger at the promise, but stood straight up unbending beneath his mighty load of blessing; and instead of growing weak he waxed strong in the faith, grew more robust, the more difficulties became apparent, glorifying God through His very sufficiency and being “fully persuaded” (as the Greek expresses it) “that he who had promised was,” not merely able, but as it literally means “abundantly able,” munificently able, able with an infinite surplus of resources, infinitely able “to perform.”

He is the God of boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small; our expectations are too limited. He is trying to lift us up to a higher conception, and lure us on to a mightier expectation and appropriation. Oh, shall we put Him in derision? There is no limit to what we may ask and expect of our glorious El-Shaddai; and there is but one measure here given for His blessing, and that is “according to the power that worketh in us.”

A. B. Simpson.

“Climb to the treasure house of blessing on the ladder made of divine promises. By a promise as by a key open the door to the riches of God’s grace and favor.”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 123–124). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 21 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 21.—Morning. [Or August 9.]
“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”

1 Samuel 7:1–13; 15–17

AND the men of Kirjath-jearim came, and fetched up the ark of the Lord, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the Lord. (Thus the candlestick was removed from Shiloh, but the candle shone on far more brightly than before.)

And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. (This was a happy sorrow. Whenever men lament after God he will soon appear unto them. It should be the business of any of us who have not yet found Jesus, to sigh and cry after him till he appear, and it will not be long before he looks upon us in love. God had already come back to Israel when the people lamented after him, and when a soul sighs for the Lord, the Lord is with it already.)

3, 4 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only. (Their repentance would have been all in vain if it had not been practical. Men cannot keep their sins and have their God; no man can serve two masters.)

And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.

And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.

And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines. (Yet they had no cause for fear, now that God was reconciled. He who is at peace with God should be fearless.)

And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines. (This was a wise speech, and shewed that they had faith as well as fear. Faith in God gave them faith in the power of prayer.)

And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him.

True repentance, prayer, and faith in the great sacrifice, must win the day.

10, 11 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.

12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. (Samuel won that battle on his knees, and afterwards he recorded with praise what he had won by prayer. Praying men are not ungrateful when their intercession prospers.)

13 ¶ So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

15, 16 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. (God does not cast off faithful servants when they grow old, neither do they ask for a retiring pension and for leave to be idle. O to serve God from our childhood to our hoar hairs! May such grace be given to the young members of our family.) And he went from year to year in circuit to Beth-el, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.

17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the Lord.

I my Ebenezer raise

To my kind Redeemer’s praise;

With a grateful heart I own

Hitherto thy help I’ve known.

What may be my future lot

Well I know concerns me not;

This should set my heart at rest,

What thy will ordains is best.

April 21.—Evening. [Or August 10.]
“Put not your trust in princes.”

1 Samuel 8:1; 3–22

AND it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. (Grace does not run in the blood, an honoured father may have disgraceful sons. Perhaps Samuel was wrong in making his sons judges, for we do not read that the Lord made them so. Great men ought not to injure the church or the state by putting their sons into offices which they are not fit to fill.)

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel,

And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

¶ But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. (This little sentence is most instructive. When we are perplexed or displeased, we should resort at once to prayer. Constantly we read of the prayers of the Lord Jesus. We ought to imitate him in this. As the fish loves the stream, and the bird the bough, so the believer loves prayer.)

7, 8 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. (If they would have their way they should have it; but they were to be warned of the consequences, that they might not act in ignorance. Many things which men’s hearts lust after will be their curse, and although God allows them to have their heart’s desire, it is in anger, and it brings them small content.)

10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.

11–18 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day. (Under the government of God they had been free from exactions and taxations, but if they chose to put their necks under the yoke, they would have to keep them there. When Christians are free from anxiety they had better keep so. Let us not run into spiritual bondage wilfully. King Jesus it is delightful to serve, but it is hard to serve men, or live for ambition, wealth, or custom.)

19, 20, 21 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city. (God save us from having our prayers heard as theirs were! O Lord, if we ask anything amiss of thee, be pleased in mercy to refuse us.)

All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem,

And crown him Lord of all[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 231–232). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Latest CDC COVID-19 Numbers Make the Doom-and-Gloom Cult Look Like Complete Idiots — The Gateway Pundit

The CDC recently released coronavirus numbers from February 1, 2020 to April 18, 2020.

With each day it is getting harder and harder for these so-called experts to defend their complete destruction of the American economy.

Since February there have been 17,229 COVID-19 deaths.
Another 7,676 died from COVID-19 and pneumonia.

During this same time period 49,013 Americans died from pneumonia.

And then there is the age gap.
There were 20 deaths under the age of 25.
That comes out to 0.1% of all coronavirus deaths.

There were 13,518 deaths over 65 years of age.

There is no way in hell this justifies the complete destruction of the US economy.

When this is all over the good doctors and garbage IHME researchers will have a lot of explaining to do!

More from Alex Berenson…

Here are the numbers via the CDC website:

via Latest CDC COVID-19 Numbers Make the Doom-and-Gloom Cult Look Like Complete Idiots — The Gateway Pundit

Living and dying in Bill Gates’ fish bowl — Christian Research Network

As the entire world suffers as a result of China’s malfeasance, this actually appears on the website of the Bill Gates Foundation office in China: “We are working to support China as it takes on a more active international role, leveraging its policy, experience, resources and know-how in health and development for the benefit of the world’s poorest, especially those living in the Sub-Saharan African region.”

(Cliff Kincaid – Renew America)  As the virus takes its toll, those of us still in good health and with the ability to think clearly have the duty to explain to our fellow citizens what is really going on…

We are living in a global experiment in which “health experts” such as Bill Gates, previously known for software development, have decided to treat us as specimens in a giant fish bowl for study and observation. Many of us will get sick. Many won’t survive.

Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the recipient of an academic award from Chinese communist authorities, has emerged in recent weeks as an “expert” on coronavirus when just a few months ago the media were starting to pay attention to his sleazy involvement with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Even the New York Times was on to the story, digging up photos of Gates and Epstein at his mansion. One of Epstein’s associates had been placed at the Gates Foundation.  View article →

via Living and dying in Bill Gates’ fish bowl — Christian Research Network

George Soros – The Face of the ‘New World Order’ – Targets Trump2020 Campaign — Christian Research Network

“We need to face facts,” MoveOn officials wrote. “If things keep going this way, Trump is going to get re-elected. So we’ve decided to take  emergency  action.”

(Jim Kouri – News With Views)  Multi-billionaire, America hater George Soros — the public face of the New World Order — has issued fresh instructions to his minions that underscore Soros’ growing fear of President Trump. “If things keep going this way, Trump is going to get re-elected. So we’ve decided to take emergency action,” MoveOn wrote to their deep state disciples. All their efforts will be focused like a laser on one thing, President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic. [Link]

The minions of Soros’ mini-empire of political and anti-American organizations are terrified of Trump and his “America First” populism. As with the far-left Democratic-Socialist Party and the mysterious and powerful Deep State oligarchs, when they hear the words “Make America Great Again” it shows how far they still must go to create their utopian – or dystopian — New World Order.

No where is that more evident than with the denizens of most U.S. newsrooms who are hellbent on destroying Trump and his tens-of-millions of “deplorables” who have turned boring political rallies into enormous celebrations of American exceptionalism.  View article →

via George Soros – The Face of the ‘New World Order’ – Targets Trump2020 Campaign — Christian Research Network

April 21, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Promise

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. (11:9–10)

The parable illustrates an incredible promise. The use of the personal pronoun in addition to the first person form of the verb in the Lord’s statement I say to you adds emphasis. As God incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ speaks with the voice of absolute divine authority. Using three present tense imperative verbs, the Lord commands believers to boldly, aggressively storm the gates of heaven. The three verbs, ask, seek, and knock are progressively more intense, and each one repeats the promise: to those who ask … it will be given; those who seek … will find; those who knock … will find heaven’s doors opened to them. Jesus then repeated this amazing promise so there would be no mistaking His meaning: For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

This promise is not a blank check granting people whatever they wish, since it has already been qualified by the Lord’s teaching in verses 2–4 that God is the focus of all true prayer. James struck this same balance between boldness in prayer and selfish greed. In James 4:2 he rebuked his readers for failing to pray boldly: “You do not have because you do not ask.” But then he went on to warn, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (v. 3). Those who pray with a proper, God-centered focus will receive what they desire, but the selfish requests of the greedy will not be granted.[1]


9–10 In threefold poetic form, Jesus teaches that “everyone who asks” (pas ho aitōn)—not only the persistent—will receive from God. This saying of great assurance is preserved also in Matthew 7:7–8.[2]


9–10 “So I” places these verses in a consequential relationship to Jesus’ story in vv 5–8. Using language from everyday life, he teaches that, because God will arise and act on behalf of those in need, they ought to bring their requests to him. What is remarkable about this instruction is its universality: “everyone” is encouraged to recognize God’s fidelity and the expansiveness of his goodness and to respond with a confidence expressed in venturing forth in relationship to God with one’s entreaties. As vv 11–13 go on to demonstrate, Jesus’ instructions do not give the petitioner carte blanche; already, the emphasis has fallen on what one needs (vv 2–4, 8) and, in what follows, Jesus will go even further to show that God’s liberality extends even to the identification and provision for genuine need previously unrecognized or unexpressed by the petitioner.[3]


11:9–10 Ask … seek … knock. This explains the point of the parable. The present imperatives probably indicate repeated asking, seeking, and knocking. We should keep on praying with confidence that God will respond. This is the practical reality of our experience of petitionary prayer; the philosophical puzzle of why we need to ask at all if God already knows and cares is simply not raised.[4]


9, 10. So I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For whoever asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.

Jesus here continues to emphasize the effectiveness of prayer. Linked with this is another lesson, namely, the importance of perseverance in prayer. It is not surprising therefore that the words of Matt. 7:7, 8 are now repeated. A threefold exhortation accompanies a threefold promise. The threefold exhortation is as follows: ask, seek, knock. Note also the emphatic “So I say to you” which here in Luke begins the sentence.

First, then, the words of command or exhortation: “Ask, seek, KNOCK. Clearly the three are arranged in a rising scale of intensity.

Ask Asking implies humility and a consciousness of need. The verb is used with respect to a petition which is addressed by an inferior to a superior. The Pharisee of the parable (Luke 18:10–13) asks nothing. He tells the Lord how good he is. The publican asks, that is, pleads, “God be merciful to me, the sinner.” Asking also presupposes belief in a personal God with whom man can have fellowship. When one asks, he expects an answer. Hence, this implies faith in a God who can, does, and will answer, that is, faith in God the Father. Having such a faith makes the prayer warm and personal. Such a supplicant would not be able to say, “O God, if there be a God, save my soul if I have a soul.”

Seek Seeking is asking plus acting. It implies earnest petitioning, but that alone is not sufficient. A person must be active in endeavoring to obtain the fulfilment of his needs. For example, one should not only pray for a deep knowledge of the Bible but should also diligently search and examine the Scriptures (John 5:39; Acts 17:11), attend the services (Heb. 10:25), above all strive to live in harmony with God’s will (see Matt. 7:21, 24, 25; cf. John 7:17).

Knock Knocking is asking plus acting plus persevering. One knocks again and again until the door is opened. In reality, however, perseverance is probably already implied in all three imperatives, since all are in the present tense; hence, a possible rendering would be “continue to ask, to seek, to knock.” This all the more in view of Luke 18:1, 7; cf. Rom. 12:12; Eph 5:20; 6:18; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17. But what is probable for all three is a certainty with respect to the last, the very idea of biblical knocking already implying perseverance. One continues to knock at the door of the kingdom-palace until the King, who is at the same time the Father, opens the door and supplies whatever is needed.

As to the promise that is fulfilled when the command is obeyed, in each instance the correspondence between command and promise is exact: hence, ask is followed by given; seek by find; and knock by opened. Note that in verses 9 and 10 this promise, in one form or another, occurs no less than six times. The first three promises, those of verse 9, are virtually repeated in verse 10, and even strengthened by the introductory word whoever, the inclusiveness of which is re-emphasized by the one who and to him who, as if to say: of those who obey the command not a single one will be disappointed. An answer to the kind of prayer that is accompanied by seeking and knocking is promised to every sincere follower of the Lord.

The certainty that persevering prayer accompanied by the activity of faith will be rewarded is strengthened by an argument from the less to the greater.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2013). Luke 11–17 (p. 55). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[2] Liefeld, W. L., & Pao, D. W. (2007). Luke. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, p. 206). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Green, J. B. (1997). The Gospel of Luke (p. 449). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 197). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke (Vol. 11, pp. 612–613). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

April 21, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said he will suspend all immigration into the United
States temporarily through an executive order in response to the
coronavirus outbreak and to protect American jobs.

President Trump said he was working with state governors to make sure they
had the resources needed to ramp up coronavirus testing and added that New
York Governor Andrew Cuomo would visit the White House to discuss the
response to the pandemic.

South Korean and Chinese officials on Tuesday cast doubt on reports North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ill after media outlets said he had undergone
a cardiovascular procedure and was in “grave danger,” while U.S. officials
closely monitored the situation.

Global stocks fell on Tuesday, a day after U.S. crude oil prices turned negative for the first time ever,
as dismal corporate earnings underlined worries about economic damage from
the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional guarantee of trial by
jury requires a unanimous verdict for serious crimes, siding with a
Louisiana man convicted of murder and paving the way for potentially
hundreds of defendants found guilty by divided juries to receive new
trials.

The U.S. Congress inched toward a $450 billion deal to help small
businesses and hospitals hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, with House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying negotiators had come to terms on the
‘principles’ of the package as the Senate set a Tuesday session for a
potential vote.

Crowds of youths targeted riot police with fireworks and torched rubbish
bins in a third night of unrest on the outskirts of Paris where a heavy
police presence to enforce a lockdown has exacerbated tensions.

The coronavirus outbreak in Turkey is starting to reach a plateau and the
country aims to return to normal life after the end of Ramadan in late May,
President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by state-owned Anadolu news
agency on Tuesday.

Algerians are watching the collapse of oil prices with alarm as the energy
markets on which the North African nation relies for most of its export
revenues have been plunged into turmoil by the coronavirus crisis.

Pirates attacked a Portugal-flagged ship and kidnapped its Bulgarian
captain and seven sailors off the coast of Benin, Bulgaria’s foreign
ministry said on Tuesday.

Lockdowns have ravaged the incomes of Brazil’s poor, throwing many of
Brazil’s 38 million informal workers into unemployment. Here, as elsewhere
across Latin America, an increasing number of people are unsure where they
will get their next meal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available
evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late
last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory.

The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales
tumbled 8.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million units
last month. The percentage decline was the largest since November 2015.

AP Top Stories

Saudi Arabia put 184 people to death in 2019, the highest number Amnesty
International has ever recorded in a single year in the country, despite
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s public commitment to reducing the number
of executions.

International advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday that
it believed security forces in Burkina Faso had summarily executed 31
unarmed detainees earlier this month during operations against Islamist
militants.

American nursing homes will now be required to report coronavirus cases
directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as to
patients and their families, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said Sunday.

Mexico’s president chastised drug gangs on Monday, telling them to end
violence instead of distributing food, after several reports across the
country in recent days showed armed narcos handing out care packages
stamped with cartel logos.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came out in public to support a small
protest Sunday that defended military intervention, prompting strong
criticism across the political spectrum while also infringing his own
ministry’s recommendation to maintain social distancing.

As Latinos throughout the U.S. grapple with job losses and lockdowns, many
are no longer able to provide for relatives back home. The sudden end in
remittances sent to Latin America each year is affecting the wellbeing of
families and crippling the economies of developing countries.

BBC

A mystery hacker allegedly stole $25m in crypto-currencies – and then
returned the funds two days later. Records show that funds in a variety of
crypto-currencies were withdrawn from the DForce platform based in China. A
sum of $10m was taken in Ethereum, for example, while a further $10m was
taken in digital coins tied to the US dollar and $4m in other coins.

Across the country, groups of Americans are taking to the streets in
protest of lockdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19. Why?
Those taking to the streets say that the stringent measures restricting
movement and businesses are unnecessarily hurting citizens. Protesters say
the stay-at-home measures imposed by state governments to control the
spread of Covid-19 are an overreaction. Some have also come bearing
firearms as gun rights groups have been among the organizers, citing
infringements on civil liberties. Some also say keeping these restrictions
in place too long will cause long-term damage to local economies.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the alleged theft of
food packages meant to cushion the poor from hunger during the coronavirus
pandemic. The president said the reports were “disturbing and disgusting”
adding that the individuals involved in the hoarding, selling or diverting
of food aid would be dealt with “harshly”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival, Benny
Gantz, have signed an agreement to form an emergency unity government.

WND

The instability in the world oil market, one contributor to the stock
market volatility in recent weeks, on Monday hit a crucial point that
threatened the very existence of hundreds of oil companies. And leftist
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., hardly could contain her
happiness. “You absolutely love to see it,” she wrote on Twitter. “This
along with record low interest rates means it’s the right time for a
worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet.”

Law enforcement’s inability to detain suspected lawbreakers coupled with
the ongoing stay-at-home orders that have forced millions out of work and
without pay is creating a perfect storm for crime in some communities,
while others do not expect to be affected.

Home school advocates say the forced shutdown of nearly the nation’s entire
public school system has created a unique opportunity for parents to weigh
the benefits of joining the millions of American students already doing
their learning at home. Further, proponents say this unprecedented
occurrence offers a window for parents into some of the pitfalls of public
schooling, including weak academic standards, ideologically driven
curricula and the over-sexualization of the nation’s youth from an early
age.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 21, 2020

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Headlines – 4/21/2020

After 17-month stalemate, Netanyahu and Gantz strike unity deal

Trump peace plan set to advance after Israeli leaders strike governing deal

Unity deal allows Netanyahu to begin advancing annexation from July 1

Netanyahu can now swing Right or Left on Trump peace deal, annexation

Israel’s Netanyahu: a master political survivor

Israel’s new ‘unity’ government is neither united nor likely to govern well

Gantz’s former allies fume over coalition deal with Netanyahu

Israeli-Palestinian virus cooperation imperiled amid unity gov’t, annexation bid

Abbas orders easing of virus lockdown for Palestinians in West Bank

Hamas official says Israel will be to blame if Gaza sees virus outbreak

Anti-Semitic incidents worldwide rose 18% in 2019, study finds

Covid-19 restrictions force Holocaust Remembrance Day to be marked digitally

Syria reports Israeli airstrike on targets in Homs province

US source: North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery

South Korean currency tumbles as unconfirmed report indicates that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is seriously ill

Japan is offering sex workers financial aid. But they say it’s not enough to survive the coronavirus pandemic

Under the cover of a pandemic, China is dismantling Hong Kong’s last freedoms

As coronavirus crisis passes, Hong Kong might be set for more mass protests

Why Singapore, Once a Model for Coronavirus Response, Lost Control of Its Outbreak

Chile to issue world’s first ‘immunity passports’ to people who have recovered from coronavirus

COVID-19 makes life harder for hundreds of thousands of Africa’s persecuted Christians

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps says its handheld device can detect coronavirus, scientists scoff

Iran’s Guard says it has higher range anti-warship missiles

Russian pilots intercept US Navy aircraft for second time in 4 days

U.S. says ‘deeply concerned’ with reports on Turkey’s efforts to turn on Russian missiles

Traders flee U.S. oil as contract price plunges to negative $40 a barrel – Buyers aren’t willing to take delivery of oil; there is no place to put it

Offshore Sector Reeling After Historic 300% Oil Price Crash

Oil prices go negative – and Washington is paralyzed over what to do

Trump threatens Saudi oil imports to prop up American industry

It’s a storage problem, not a market problem that is driving down oil prices to historic lows

Maria Bartiromo: ‘You are going to see oil companies go bankrupt’

Oil prices are negative, but prices at the pump won’t follow

AOC celebrates oil crash in now-deleted tweet: ‘You absolutely love to see it’

Dow tumbles 592 points as oil crashes below zero for the first time ever

States Burn Through Cash for Unemployment Payments

Agreement on $470B ‘phase 3.5’ coronavirus stimulus package now imminent, sources say

Anger mounts after corporations tap small-business relief funds

The Second Phase of Unemployment Will Be Harsher

Unemployment surge in Europe cause by COVID-19 shattered all previous records

Stirrings of unrest could portend turmoil as economies collapse

Protesters rally against Washington’s coronavirus stay-at-home order: ‘Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Covid 19’

De Blasio urges New Yorkers to snitch on social distance rule breakers

Fauci warns protests will ‘backfire,’ slow economic recovery

Commentary: Wondering About that Garden Center Ban in Michigan? Whoever Controls the Food Supply Controls the People

US announces extended travel restrictions with Mexico, Canada

Trump says he will sign executive order temporarily suspending immigration into US

President Trump announces suspension of immigration to ‘protect jobs’ amid the coronavirus pandemic

Ilhan Omar calls for an end to ‘all deportations’ during coronavirus ‘crisis’

Iowa Sends National Guard Troops to Defend Meat Plants From Virus

Pork producers consider euthanizing hogs due to financial losses sparked by coronavirus

Americans’ Overzealous Use of Cleaning Agents Causes Spike in Poison Center Calls

Coronavirus likely to transform world far more than 1918 flu pandemic

‘One World: Together at Home’ Concert Draws Nearly 21M Viewers

New map uses Facebook surveys to identify coronavirus hot spots

Facebook releases county-by-county maps showing people reporting COVID-19 symptoms

Zuckerberg: Lockdown protests organized on Facebook will be taken down as “harmful misinformation”

Next spiritual awakening may come through the internet – Greg Laurie

Kavanaugh cites Roe v. Wade in opinion explaining when to overturn ‘erroneous precedents’

NYC LGBTQ Pride March canceled for first time in half-century

Eight of 10 most-banned books challenged for LGBTQ content

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Luganville, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 10,000ft

Tornadoes, Storms Rake Across Florida After Killing Three and Damaging Homes in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia

Flooding displace 10,000 families, at least 25 killed in DR Congo

10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, oil pollution found in thousands of fish, study says


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LGBTQ Site Says Coronavirus ‘Is Punishment for Conservative Christians’

Amazon Tribes Say Christian Missionaries Threaten ‘Genocide’ During Pandemic

Police Are Using Drones To Enforce Social Distancing In America’s Backyards

Cuban pastors ‘spread the gospel and help save lives’ on their coronavirus masks

Jehovah’s Witness’s Lament ‘People Would Be So Receptive Right Now, and We Can’t Knock on Doors.’

Oxford professor arrested for selling stolen Bible fragments to Museum of the Bible

Catholic/Protestant unity? IHOP worship leader’s false “The Lord says” prophecy

Charlie Shamp’s Bogus North Korea “Prophecy”: Educated Guessing Again

Pet Sematary! Cindy Jacobs Can Raise Animals From The Dead

Baylor, TCU deny recognition to conservative student group Turning Point USA

Harvard Prof Calls for Homeschooling Ban: It’s ‘Dangerous’ for Parents to Have ‘Authoritarian Control’ Over Their Kids


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U.S. Reports Largest One-Day Increase In Cases Of Trump Derangement Syndrome | The Babylon Bee

U.S.—America suffered its highest one-day increase in cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome yesterday, adding 317,259 new cases. This brought the number of U.S. cases to roughly 59 million, while worldwide cases of the deadly disease increased to 110 million.

The peak in cases was brought on by President Trump’s growing urgency to reopen the economy and allow people to go back to work. Scholars have noted that this is equivalent to slavery.

With the sharp increase in Trump Derangement Syndrome, U.S. officials see no real timeline for reopening the minds of Democrats nationwide. “We can’t take any chances here,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “It could take months. It could take years. What we may see is the gradual reopening of Democrat minds on a state-by-state basis.”

While some statistics have suggested a plateau in cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome, other sources suggest the increase in cases has just begun.

“Our models have been quite accurate from day one,” claimed Ron Whitley of the University of Washington.  “And we don’t see a peak here. Our data suggests a slow increase in cases through the summer, and then a big peak in cases about November 4 or so.”

Source: U.S. Reports Largest One-Day Increase In Cases Of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Trump campaign goes for the jugular with new ad: ‘Let them eat ice cream — Nancy Antoinette’ | American Thinker

No doubt, NeverTrumps are clutching their pearls over the visceral new campaign ad released under President Trump’s imprimatur.  It certainly isn’t gentlemanly the way George W. Bush was; it’s primal in its attack on Nancy Pelosi and its appeal to class resentments.  It’s not the sort of lose-with-dignity approach favored the last generation of the GOP establishment.

But in an era of phony impeachment efforts and special counsel investigations and “blood on his hands” accusations, it is giving back to the Democrats exactly what they have been hurling Trump’s way.

It will require only 75 seconds of your life to savor it:

Best of all, it is entirely factual. Clueless Pelosi doesn’t understand the way the lockdown is strangling the livelihood of Americans who don’t live in $8-million mansions with $24,000 refrigerators.

The  Democrats have been playing class warfare games for a century, even as the plutocracy has become their funders and puppet masters.  They think they have immunity.  They are very wrong.

Photo credit: YouTube screen grab.

Source: Trump campaign goes for the jugular with new ad: ‘Let them eat ice cream — Nancy Antoinette’

Large & Small Cap Stocks Facing 800-Pound Price Resistance! — Kimble Charting Solutions

The stock market rally from the March crash lows has been sharp but lumpy.

The S&P 500 Index and large cap stocks have lead the way higher, while the Russell 2000 Index and small cap stocks have lagged.

That said, today’s chart highlights a significant overhead price hurdle for both large and small cap stocks.

The S&P 500 Index is approaching at key pivot point level at (1) as well as its 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement at (2). This confluence of resistance looks very important.

The same can be said for the Russell 2000 Index. It is approaching an important pivot point marked by prior highs and lows at (1), as well as its 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracmeent at (2). Again, very important.

This article was first written for See It Markets.com. To see the original post CLICK HERE.

We put together this video details what the four largest bear markets of the past 100-years looked & acted like. CLICK HERE to watch this video.

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The Apologetic Value of Miracles: Definitions and Common Objections and “Why Won’t God Show Me a Sign?”

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Here is a clip from our apolgoetics ministry at The Ohio State University on the the apologetic value of miracles. In the second clip we discuss the common objection, “Why Won’t God Show Me a Sign?”

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The Truth About Fauci–Featuring Dr. Judy Mikovits | Childrens Health Defense

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“Judy Mikovits is Among Her Generation’s Most Accomplished Scientists.”

—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, Children’s Health Defense

Dr. Mikovits joined NIH in 1980 as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Virology at the National Cancer Institute and began a 20-year collaboration with Frank Ruscetti, a pioneer in the field of human retro virology. She helped Dr Russetti isolate the HIV virus and link it to #AIDS in 1983. Her NIH boss Anthony Fauci delayed publication of that critical paper for 6 months to let his protégé Robert Gallo replicate, publish and claim credit. The delay in mass HIV testing let AIDS further spread around the globe and helped Fauci win promotion to director NIAID.

In 2006, Dr Mikovits became director of Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease and collaborated with Dr Ruscetti searching for the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which suddenly became epidemic in the 1980s. The male dominated medical community dismissed CFS as psychosomatic “yuppie flu” caused when fragile females cracked in corporate jobs.

Dr. Mikovits discovered that 67% of affected women carried a virus—called Xenotropic Murine Leukemia related Virus—that appeared in healthy women only 4% of the time.

XMRV is also associated with prostate, breast, ovarian cancers, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. Many women with XMRV bore children with autism.

In 2009, Drs. Mikovits and Ruscetti published their explosive findings in the journal Science. But the question remained: how was XMRV getting into people?

Other researchers linked the first CFS outbreak to a polio vaccine given to doctors and nurses that resulted in the “1934 Los Angeles County Hospital Epidemic.” That vaccine was cultivated on pulverized mouse brains. Retroviruses from dead animals can survive in cell lines and permanently contaminate vaccines.

Dr Mikovits’ studies suggested that the XMRV Virus was present in the MMR, Polio and Encephalitis vaccines given to American children and soldiers. XMRV is so hazardous that the mere presence of mouse tissue in a laboratory can contaminate other tissues in the same room.

Dr Fauci ordered Mikovits to keep her mouth shut. When she refused, he illegally confiscated her work books and hard drives, drove her from government work and blackballed her from receiving NIH grants ending her science career. XMRV remains in American vaccines.

The Gates Foundation’s Vaccination Activism | Global Research

In the corona crisis, billionaire Bill Gates makes a high-profile appearance as a vaccination activist. The essence: a vaccine is the solution, it is only a matter of implementation. According to Gates, the G20 should now “address the logistics of a global immunisation project”. There seems to be little interest in further discussions and the consideration of alternatives. Time is pressing and people are relying on Gates, who had identified the danger of a pandemic early on and would therefore know what to do. How justified is this trust?

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The foundation of former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” (BMGF), is controlled by its three trustees: Bill and Melinda Gates and hedge fund manager Warren Buffett. The foundation holds assets worth about $50 billion – about half of which originates from Buffett – and finances a large number of charitable projects.

Second only to the USA, the BMGF is one of the largest donors to the World Health Organization (WHO) and paid it more than $200 million in 2018 – more than Germany, France and Sweden combined in the same period. But this is not the only way in which the WHO is financed by Gates. GAVI, formerly known as the “Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation”, provided the WHO with an additional $150 million in 2018. One of GAVI’s main donors is again the BMGF, with $1.5 billion in 2016, for example.

It can therefore be said that the BMGF and thus the Gates family and Warren Buffett are the main source of income for the WHO through direct and indirect channels, which raises questions about its independence from these sources of finance. In addition, the BMGF also provided funding for the establishment of the “Coalition for Epidemic Prevention Innovation” (CEPI), which is concerned with the research and development of vaccines, amounting to around $100 million in 2017. In addition, the Foundation regularly supports non-governmental organisations such as PATH, which are involved in the development of vaccination technologies, with millions of dollars in funding. The list of BMGF’s beneficiaries also includes the largest global pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Aventis. The comprehensive influence of the BMGF in the vaccination sector is therefore obvious.

“Crisis-related” funding

In the Corona crisis, it is striking that institutions that currently play an important role are likewise supported by the BMGF. For example, Johns Hopkins University which maintains the worldwide corona statistics that are disseminated in all media, regularly receives large donations. In the last ten years only, more than $200 million have been transferred to the university by the Gates Foundation. The purpose of the donations was family planning programs.

In Germany, the Robert Koch Institute as the responsible national epidemiological agency received $250,000 in November 2019. The Charité in Berlin (employer of Prof. Christian Drosten, one of the most important government advisors during the crisis) received a total of more than $300,000 in 2019 and 2020. As with the WHO, the presumption of a conflict of interest is obvious if these institutions or their employees make policy recommendations that have an impact on companies that the Foundation sponsors or in which it invests for financial purposes.

In the meantime, the German website “Frag den Staat” (“Ask the State”) has been used to enquire about contacts and financial connections between the Federal Ministry of Healthor the Charité and the BMGF, the results of which could be revealing.

The Foundation’s activities in Germany are not limited to health aspects. It also provides financial support to established media. For example, Germany´s leading news magazine DER SPIEGEL received $2.5 million in December 2018 and the leading weekly newspaper Die ZEIT received $300,000 in December 2019. One may assume that this is not happening for nothing and that as a result critical research by these media regarding the activities of the Gates Foundation is not necessarily more likely.

Furthermore, the Foundation is one of the organisers of the pandemic simulation known as “Event 201”, which took place in October 2019 shortly before the outbreak of the corona crisis. Other participants were – again – Johns Hopkins University and the World Economic Forum.

Given the many financial connections to influential institutions in the health care industry and the media, the BMGF and its associated institutions should be given special attention. This applies in particular to the prominent role that Bill Gates wants to assume in crisis management and which he is also offered without any critical consideration.

Why the vaccination activism?

On the question of the aim of Gates’ vaccination activism, it is worth listening to Gates himself. At a TED talk in 2010 he stated the following regarding the CO2 problem and a possible part of its solution:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent.”

He thus says that vaccinations and reproductive health services can contribute to a reduction in population, which in turn helps solving the climate problem, even if only to a small extent. Now there are probably various viewpoints on this statement, which we shall not discuss further here. However, one could agree that such steps should only be taken in cooperation with the people involved and with their explicit consent. This includes, above all, complete information about the consequences and risks of such interventions. That this is not the case with the projects of the BMGF and the institutions financed by it is illustrated by the following case.

Vaccination abuse in Kenya

In October 2014, the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya raised accusations in the context of the tetanus vaccinations carried out by WHO and UNICEF. This was done because there were differences compared to previous vaccination campaigns which seemed peculiar to the people in charge. For example, the Catholic Church, as the provider of many medical facilities, was not involved in the campaign, and publicity was very limited, unlike previous polio vaccination campaigns. Furthermore, the tetanus vaccinations were administered without any particular health necessity and only to women between the ages of 14 and 49, which gave rise to the suspicion that they might be covert vaccinations for birth control. These are related to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone responsible for the onset and maintenance of a pregnancy.

In February 2015, the gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Wahome Ngare, on behalf of the Kenyan Catholic Medical Association, published an article in the Catholic Medical Quarterly of the Catholic Medical Society of Great Britain, in which he explained the accusations. According to his article, the vaccine was deliberately imported and had a different batch number for designation than usual tetanus vaccines. In addition, five rounds of vaccination were planned, each with intervals of six months, which is unusual for tetanus but normal for hCG vaccines to prevent pregnancy.

He also referred to such “hidden” and methodologically similar sterilization measures in Mexico in 1993 and in Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994, where girls and women were unknowingly sterilized. He described how the Catholic Church complained to the Kenyan Ministry of Health after the accusations became public and demanded a test of the vaccine, which was rejected. In the further course of the case, the Catholic representatives then succeeded in gaining access to some doses of vaccine and having them tested by an independent party.

According to Ngare, the vaccine contained the suspected pregnancy hormone, which in his opinion proves the leading role of the WHO in deliberate mass sterilizations for birth control. Before the secret vaccine analyses were made public, the World Health Organization expressed its “deep concern” about the “misinformation” of the Catholic Church, for which there would be no evidence. After the results were published, it agreed to submit the vaccine to a joint commission for re-analysis.

Confirmed by scientific work

A scientific paper published in October 2017 by the Universities of Louisiana (USA) and British Columbia (Canada), together with Dr. Wahome Ngare, confirmed the allegations made. The planned five vaccinations instead of the usual procedure for tetanus were identical to those for population control and the exclusive composition of the target group of girls and women of childbearing age could not be convincingly justified.

Moreover, the campaign was coordinated from a hotel rather than a medical facility, and the delivery and collection of the vaccine was carried out under police protection. The work of the nurses was also monitored by WHO and police. Pregnancy hormones were detected in the secretly tested vaccine doses, while the vaccine doses delivered later by the WHO tested consistently negative, the scientists said. The suspicion of an attempted manipulation by swapping the vaccine is therefore obvious and would also explain the extensive and unusual safety measures taken when handling the original vaccine. The essential role of the WHO in covert measures of forced sterilization and thus population control could therefore be proven for Kenya.

Planning for population control in the WHO since 1972

In this context, the scientists also looked at the history of population control measureswithin WHO, which has been operating under the euphemistic name of “family planning” since the organization was founded in 1945. The WHO research programme on vaccine development for population control started in 1972 and a study was published in 1976. According to the scientists, the WHO “services” of sterilization without the consent of those affected have been known since the 1970s, while the cases mentioned by Dr. Ngare also caused outrage in Mexico, Nicaragua and the Philippines in the 1990s.

The Gates Foundation, originally established in 1994 by Gates’ father William Gates Sr., still funds family planning activities today. As mentioned above, Johns Hopkins University has received more than $200 million for this purpose in the last ten years. In addition, the BMGF also funds the Planned Parenthood organization, which was led by Bill Gates’ father when the younger Gates was a teenager, and which originally emerged from the American Birth Control League. The funding of the WHO and the vaccination activism of the Gates Foundation, also in the name of population control, seem to be the continuation of a family tradition.

Vaccination abuse not an isolated incident?

A direct involvement of the BMGF in vaccine abuse was not proven. However, questions remain open, as a case from India in 2009 shows. There, the Foundation-financed organization PATH conducted a study of 16,000 girls between the ages of 9 and 15 with a vaccine against cervical cancer. Afterwards, many of the girls fell ill and five died, while elsewhere, out of 14,000 children, two did not survive the consequences of the vaccination. PATH and the BMGF were accused of not having informed the children’s parents, most of whom were not literate, about the vaccine, its risks and its objectives.

The lawyer and vaccination critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lists in an article a whole series of abuses in projects supported by Gates. His organization “Children’s Health Defense” urgently warns against a Gates vaccine in the context of the corona crisis.

ID 2020 – the digital identity

With regard to other projects financed by Gates, an even more extensive misuse of vaccination is conceivable.

The “Digital Identity Alliance”, or “ID 2020”, says it is concerned with the creation of a digital identity that will enable people to identify themselves across borders while retaining control over their personal data. The founding partners of the project are Gates’ company Microsoft, the Gates-sponsored vaccination alliance GAVI, the management consultancy Accenture and the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the oldest and wealthiest foundations in the USA.

Since September 2019, the “Digital Identity Alliance” has been cooperating with the government of Bangladesh to introduce digital identities. This involves combining vaccinations with the recording of biometric data, such as fingerprints, to enable digital identification of the respective person.

By February 2020, 100 million digital identities had been created, as the responsible minister reported in an article for the World Economic Forum. This collection is marketed as “digital inclusion”, supposedly to include disadvantaged people in the benefits of the modern world.

Traveling only with a “digital immunity proof”?

Also in Europe, the first approaches to establish the technology are emerging. Journalist Norbert Häring, for example, reports on an application within the framework of the “Known Traveller” program of the World Economic Forum, which provides for an initially voluntary data release for preferred handling in air travel. In the long term, however, a mandatory regulation also appears possible, once the system has been established. Gates explainedon 24 March in an interview with TED host Chris Anderson:

“Eventually what we’ll have to have is certificates of who is a recovered person, who is a vaccinated person, because you don’t want people moving around the world where you have some countries, that won’t have it under control, sadly. You don’t want to completely block off the ability for those people to go there and come back and move around. So eventually there will be sort of this digital immunity proof, that will help facilitate the global re-opening up [after the lockdown].”

The last – very explosive – sentence was cut out in the official TED version of the interview (minute 33:55). Norbert Häring comments on this:

“Having the proof in digital form sounds practical because it’s faster and easier. But if a digital proof for international travel is to be globally applicable, it needs a storage location for the receipts that is considered secure and generally accessible, a standard for data exchange that works everywhere, and a global standard for certifying the authenticity of such a proof. The Known Traveller Program, which is being driven by the US Homeland Security and the World Economic Forum, wants to develop and implement all of this. Bill Gates is one of the most influential members of the World Economic Forum, if not the most influential.

The current cooperation between Google and Apple in providing a unified corona app to identify possible Covid-19 infected individuals for the two all-dominant mobile phone operating systems Android and iOS could create the globally accessible storage location. (…) And already the Known Traveller program is ready with a first application. (…) Everyone can decide for themselves whether they want to travel and use the app, or whether they prefer to stay at home.

Since Google and Apple are working closely and trustfully with the security authorities and intelligence agencies anyway, it will not be a problem to add further application areas. First of all, the security authorities can check the box “may not travel” or “to be watched closely” if necessary. After that, the system could be further refined at will (…) Thanks to Covid-19, the Brave New World is approaching in giant strides.”

In the long term, the measures allow for comprehensive control to which anyone who still wishes to participate in any way in life is to be exposed. The current crisis situation now appears to provide a suitable pretext for accelerating the implementation of such plans.

“We will give this vaccine to seven billion people”

Fittingly, the leading German TV news program “ARD Tagesthemen” offered Gates a platform on 12 April to present his project to the German public. The host, Ingo Zamperoni, acted as Gates’ assistant in a discussion which resembled more a press conference of the BMGF than a news programme interested in clarification. Fully in line with Gates, Zamperoni came to the conclusion that “despite all our efforts, we will only be able to control the pandemic if we develop a vaccine”.

Gates agreed and stressed that we could only return to normality “when we have either found a miracle cure that works in 95 percent of cases or when we have developed a vaccine”. He also emphasized that “we” (!) will ultimately administer the vaccine to be developed “to seven billion people”. The question arises as to who Gates is thinking of when he speaks of “we” in this context. One may assume that it is also the institutions supported by his foundation.

A more critical approach to the Gates Foundation and its activities as well as thorough information on the developments already underway, especially in the combination of vaccination activism, digital identity and far-reaching control and surveillance, seems urgently necessary.

Which measures have meanwhile become possible is demonstrated by the legal permission of forced testing, forced vaccination and forced treatment in Denmark. The failure to make such measures and structures known to a wider public could, in the current crisis situation, result in a society sleepwalking into a police and surveillance state, about which it may not become fully aware until the digital handcuffs have already closed.

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Eric Wagner, born in 1990, studied education, history and political science in Leipzig, followed by Southeast European studies in Belgrade and Ljubljana. He works as an educator at a free community school in Germany.

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Source: The Gates Foundation’s Vaccination Activism

China ups its spy game on US soil as it bids to control coronavirus narrative

For decades, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has waged an espionage war with the United States, exploiting America’s comparatively open society and free-market economy to steal critical information, trade secrets and technology tools.

Source: China ups its spy game on US soil as it bids to control coronavirus narrative

Poll reveals Americans are increasingly hostile to China as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. and global economies — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE – In this March 10, 2020 file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. Americans are increasingly hostile to China as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. and global economies and after three years of Trump administration antagonism toward the country, according to a nationwide poll released on Tuesday. The poll conducted last month by the non-partisan Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of those surveyed, or 66%, had an unfavorable view of China. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)

Americans are increasingly hostile to China as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the U.S. and global economies and after three years of Trump administration antagonism toward the country, according to a nationwide poll released on Tuesday.

 

The poll, conducted last month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, found that two-thirds of those surveyed, or 66%, had an unfavorable view of China. That’s the most since the center first asked the question 15 years ago and a significant jump of 20 percentage points since President Donald Trump entered the White House in 2017. The results suggest that Americans are receptive to the Trump administration’s broad antagonism toward China, which has increased in recent weeks over criticism of Beijing’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The poll suggests the change is so far not directly linked to the coronavirus outbreak, that the Trump administration’s trade war with China and relentless criticism of its policies may be having that effect. The upward trend in negative views began in 2019, and the survey did not find changing attitudes toward China over the course of March, when the virus outbreak was rapidly progressing.

“Since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his approach to U.S.-China relations has included increased pressure via tariffs and trade war rhetoric, and now, with the onset of an unprecedented pandemic, the stage has been set for both sides to cast aspersions on the other,” the authors said. “Against this backdrop, negative views of China have continued to grow.”

The poll of 1,000 Americans found unfavorable opinions of China are shared across party lines, with about 70 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and 60 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents holding them. In addition, the poll show that about 90 percent of those surveyed see growing Chinese power and influence as a threat.

At the same time, with both the U.S. and Chinese economies reeling from the pandemic, the poll found that Americans recognize that the United States is the world’s leading economic power and the world’s leading military power. A significant majority, 91%, believe that the world is better off with American rather than Chinese leadership.

The survey also found that about 90% of Americans see growing Chinese influence and power as a threat, with 62% of those saying it is a “major threat.” And, while the total seeing China as a threat has not changed since 2018, the percentage viewing China as a “major threat” has jumped 14 percentage points in the past two years, according to the results.

The poll was conducted throughout March when the impact of the virus pandemic was beginning to be recognized around the world, with countries shutting down their borders, issuing stay-at-home orders and closing off vast sections of their economies. However, the findings do not suggest that Americans’ opinions of China worsened as the month went on, with the negative views expressed early in the month matching those later in the month, according to the authors.

“While China’s handling of the virus may have made an impression on some Americans, it does not appear that escalating conditions in the U.S. over the course of March shifted attitudes toward China during that period,” they said.

What may have directly contributed to the increase in negative views has been the administration’s criticism of China on human rights issues, including the persecution of religious minorities, and its well-publicized campaign against cyber-security threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party. And, although the administration has not made climate change a significant domestic priority, the poll found that many Americans see China as having a profoundly negative impact on the world’s environment.

At least 61% of those surveyed identified China’s environmental policies as being a very serious concern for the U.S., up 10 percentage points since 2018, according to the findings. And 57% percent see both cyberattacks from China and China’s human rights policies as a serious threat.

Source: Associated Press – MATTHEW LEE

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